How to Pull Off Embroidered Denim This Spring
It’s only right that the next iteration of vintage denim trends involves embroidery—and lots of it. If you’re ready to dip your toes into the spring season by way of decorated jeans, here’s a look book of our favorite ensembles to get you started.
Balance Scrolling Embroidery with a Basic Tee
Your denim of choice has a garden of embroidered flowers trailing down the leg (brava, by the way). Keep this embellishment the highlight of your look by pairing the jeans with basics that won’t feel kitschy, like a plain white T-shirt or a lightweight cream sweater. Mirror this concept with your shoes—sneakers are, once again, a no-fail approach.
Mix Understated Stitching with a Striped Top
The navy needlework on the pockets of your jeans is unfussy but oh so pretty. Bring attention to it by opting for a striped top that contrasts without competing, making that patch of detail more visible. Flats and a utility jacket give the look a seafaring vibe, which gives us visions of fresh oysters and mimosas (spring’s best).
Match Geometric Designs with a Ruffled Blouse
Once again, the embroidery is the star, so you’ll want your top to complement that piece of the equation. The sharp lines of geometric stitching blend smoothly into the curvy lines of a ruffled top and keep the visual interest moving upward (read: elongating). One pair of peep-toe booties later and you’re ready to tiptoe through a garden of spring blooms (on your way to brunch).
Upgrade to an Embroidered Denim Shirtdress
These throw-on-and-go dresses have been a spring staple of ours for quite some time. But this year we’re mixing things up with updated details. Embroidery is a welcome revise for this easy look, especially when paired with slides. If the dress’s pattern is on the subtle side, kick it up a notch with an embellished accessory, like an appliqué clutch. Come May, you’ll practically live in this outfit.
Pair Floral Edging With a Crisp Button-Up
Large-scale embroidery bordering the hem of your flared jeans is a big nod to 70’s style. But to keep the outfit feeling fresh, top it with a crisp button—up shirt that steadies the visual impact of the stitching (without detracting from it). Blush accessories enhance the floral airs and block heels complement both the modern and vintage components of this look.
Wear an Embroidered Chambray Top with Straight-Leg Jeans
Skip the skinnies this time and slip into jeans with a fit that mirrors the edginess of your updated chambray. A cropped, straight-leg pair is a great way to rock the modern version of the Canadian tuxedo (we know, we know, but it’s “in,” we promise). If that’s a bit too much blue jean for your taste, opt for white denim with some monochromatic detailing of its own. Top the look with a chic collar necklace and finish it with some contrasting lace-up sandals (they’ll look fantastic against your bare ankles).